diy geometric art

{Pssst! Did you check out our post from yesterday? It went up a little later than usual – check out the details here!}

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Hello lovely friends! We’re back today to share our super simple art that we made for our studio. What we love the most about it? It doubles as a dry erase board so it makes it functional, as well.

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All of this depends on what size you want. But think in terms of a square, divided into an even number of squares. Which are then divided into four triangles, each. Math makes my brain hurt, but it was actually super simple once we broke it down. Our overall size was a 58″ square. But you could do whatever size you want for your space. It’s just the issue of making it easily divisible so you can work with the pattern. So here’s a little step by step:

First we cut and put some (1 x 8) planks together. (If you guys don’t have a saw, and you’re sick of reading about our projects that require such, remember that your handy dandy hardware store guy is more than happy to help you with these cuts in-store.) You could leave yours the size you get them at your local home improvement store, or you could trim them down like we did. All of our boards were trimmed down to 7 1/4 because of the size I wanted. (I like to make things complicated.)

So we placed them together, evenly in a square, and joined them together on the back with boards to keep them stable.

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Then we decided to take to them with some more fabulous Cabot stain. We’re officially addicted. 

When it was dry, I busted out the straight edge, and lined it up at 7 1/4 inches all the way across. I drew a line (first, with my pencil) and then went back over it with my chalk. (To see better when painting.)

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When all of those initial lines were measured out (all the way down) we had simple squares mapped out with the natural vertical lines of the planks. Using a ruler, I went back and put an x on each square. Then traced those with chalk.

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Then it was time to paint. On top of the Cabot (Cinnamon Toast in Satin) we started a pattern down each row. And alternated each one. You can see ours, and how we alternated it if you take a peek.

Side note: I used a gold leafing pen, and this was an epic mistake. Liquid gold leaf is much easier. I was rolling with it and using what I had, but in retrospect, this project took hours longer than it should have. BOOOO. Another learn-from-our-bad-mistakes-freebie ;}

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The white (Chantilly Lace) also required more than one coat. But it was worth it. Remember the chalk? I left it on until the end, and it formed a nice happy gappy line while I painted. When we were finished, I just went back and wiped it off. We had natural lines left, and it emphasized the geometric shapes even more.

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When it was all dry, we had some plexiglass cut and drilled holes into four corners. Then we took four brass screws, and placed it on top.

It’s all in the details, baby.

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Be really careful when hanging this. It took two of us, and for a second, I thought we just might be crushed by art. If Jamin didn’t kill me first. It would have made a really interesting headline in the news, I guess.

We anchored it into the wall, and used two hooks. I was sweating that one out when we were trying to make sure it was straight. ;} That’s always our least fave part, but so worth it when it’s finito! {Always be careful with this part.}

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We use this little area to write messages, to do lists, reminders and hang special art + love letters from the kiddos. It’s the perfect little area!

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I hope this helps for any of you who are looking to make something like it. As always, let us know if you do!

Check out our sources list here + our reveal post here if you’re interested in more about the space… and stay tuned for more tutorials coming your way!

Have an inspired day, y’all!

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13 Responses to diy geometric art

  1. Alexis says:

    This is so clever that you made it functional. And I love the simplistic approach with those great shapes!

  2. Jenna says:

    Love this! Thank you so much for the how to!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    So fun! So you purposely didn’t paint over the chalk lines you made? Thus, the little line spacing? Dumb question- but asking anyway! :) any idea how to use this design but be able to magnatize it? Sheet metal? Anyway, love this!

  4. This is a great DIY project and I love that it is functional as well!

  5. Kathryn says:

    This is so beautiful! I like that the lines don’t have to be perfect to be lovely!

  6. Chloe says:

    I would love to make this into a headboard, could this design work even if I have to do it more rectangular shape?

    Any suggestions?

  7. Lani says:

    I am obsessed with your rug! Where is it from?

  8. This is such a great project! It looks great over your desk. Pinning. :)

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